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Trial reports    December 10, 2007  
Mamdouh Habib v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The Australian Federal Police officer who interviewed Mamdouh Habib for four-and-a-half hours at Guantanamo Bay says the terrorist suspect may have been interviewed for another 13 hours by ASIO on the same day. Fourth trial report ... more

Trial reports    December 4, 2007  
Mamdouh Habib v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The trial continues as former Sydney taxi driver and Muslim convert Ibrahim Fraser says Mamdouh Habib told him he met Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan in 2001 while “weapons training”. Habib’s barrister Clive Evatt brands him an “ASIO informant” who’ll say anything ... more

Trial reports    December 3, 2007  
Mamdouh Habib v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

A spooky atmosphere pervades court 10A as ASIO agents (current and former) testify incognito on behalf of Nationwide News in Mamdouh Habib’s action against The Daily Telegraph. Habib’s barrister, Clive Evatt, accuses the security organisation of doctoring documents … more

Trial reports    November 28, 2007  
Mamdouh Habib v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The trial of Mamdouh Habib’s action against The Daily Telegraph hears vivid testimony about his treatment while being held in Pakistan, Egypt and Guantanamo Bay. Nationwide News is pleading truth to a Piers Akerman piece which said Habib lied about being tortured ... more

Trial reports    November 20, 2007  
Jamie Fawcett v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Annette Sharp

Fourth report of trial – in which the oily underbelly of “celebrity photo-journalism” comes under scrutiny in the NSW Supreme Court as paparazzo Jamie Fawcett explains the limits of a celebrity’s right to privacy and how his DNA might have got onto a listening device found outside Nicole Kidman’s home ... more

Trial reports    November 19, 2007  
Jamie Fawcett v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Annette Sharp

Third report of trial. Nicole Kidman braves a paparazzi pack to give evidence against one of theirs, the so-called “Prince”, Jamie Fawcett. The closely guarded actress told Justice Carolyn Simpson she was “tearful, distressed and really frightened” after she was pursued by Fawcett in January 2005 while being driven to her parents’ Greenwich home ... more

Trial reports    November 14, 2007  
Jamie Fawcett v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Annette Sharp

Justice Carolyn Simpson hears colourful evidence – a good deal of it on voir dire – about “celebrity photojournalist” Jamie Fawcett’s interest in listening devices, his “dangerous” pursuit of Nicole Kidman in a black Jeep Cherokee and his punch-up with another photographer he allegedly called a “Kaffir cunt” ... more

Trial reports    November 12, 2007  
Jamie Fawcett v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Annette Sharp

The second leg of paparazzo Jamie Fawcett’s defamation action against Fairfax’s Sun-Herald and gossip columnist Annette Sharp hears that Nicole Kidman will be interposed as a star witness for the defence. Justice Simpson declines to hear her evidence via video link from Fox Studios despite the urging of Bret Walker SC ... more

Trial reports    July 9, 2007  
Griffith & Macartney-Snape v ABC & Millikan

Self-proclaimed prophet Jeremy Griffith’s exhaustive and exhausting defamation trial against the ABC and Dr David Millikan comes to a close without the benefit of testimony from its main protagonists. Justice David Kirby foreshadows a long wait until judgment day ... more

Trial reports    May 25, 2007  
Jerry Lee Bennette v Ian Cohen

A parade of colourful witnesses from Byron Bay has appeared for the Greens MP Ian Cohen who is claiming truth for his allegations that property developer Jerry Lee Bennette is a thug, a bully and uses defamation proceedings to stifle public protest ... more

Trial reports    May 16, 2007  
Jerry Lee Bennette v Ian Cohen

Ugly enmities are on display in Court 11E as Byron Bay property developer Jerry Lee Bennette pits his version of the world against that of Greens MP Ian Cohen. On day three both wore green – in Bennette’s case a silk tie, in Cohen’s an open-necked shirt ... more

Trial reports    May 4, 2007  
John Coates v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd & Alan Jones

The hearing of John Coates’ defamation action against Alan Jones and 2GB winds up with Justice Michael Adams giving full vent to his views on truth, fact, comment, damages and why his findings might be “more than just a verdict” ... more

Trial reports    April 27, 2007  
John Coates v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd & Alan Jones

The first week of John Coates’ defamation action against Alan Jones and 2GB sees Justice Michael Adams in a lather over the Australian Olympic Committee boss’ persistent use of the word “girls”. And that’s not all ... more

Trial reports    April 18, 2007  
Peter Hyer v Cabbie Pty Ltd & Peer Linholdt

The question of who wants to put whom out of business loomed large in the defamation action brought by Premier Cabs supremo Peter Hyer against his fiercest critic, Peer Lindholt’s Cabbie magazine ... more

Trial reports    April 13, 2007  
Griffith & Macartney-Snape v ABC & Millikan

Sam Belfield, CEO of the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood, denies he’s been indoctrinated but agrees that what he thought “appalling” before meeting self-proclaimed prophet Jeremy Griffith, he now regards as “appropriate” ... more

Trial reports    April 3, 2007  
Griffith & Macartney-Snape v ABC & Millikan

Mid-trial the self-proclaimed “prophet” Jeremy Griffith has withdrawn most of his claim in injurious falsehood against the ABC and religious broadcaster Dr David Millikan. Meanwhile, his long-running defamation action grinds on ... more

Trial reports    March 23, 2007  
Griffith & Macartney-Snape v ABC & Millikan

The second leg of Tim Macartney-Snape’s defamation action against the ABC intensifies with the Everest mountaineer conceding he expected his reputation to be diminished by his association with self-proclaimed “prophet” Jeremy Griffith ... more

Trial reports    March 16, 2007  
Griffith & Macartney-Snape v ABC & Millikan

Science – good, bad and “respectable” – has come under the microscope in the first few days of author Jeremy Griffith’s long-running defamation action against the ABC and religious broadcaster David Millikan. Mountaineer Tim Macartney-Snape’s reputation is also under scrutiny ... more